Playscripts is home to some of the most popular one-act plays in the United Stats. According to the Educational Theatre Association's 2015-2016 Annual High School Play Survey, Playscripts is the publisher of 9 of the top 11 most popular one-act plays. From beloved comedies like Check Please (Over 3,000 productions and counting) to challenging dramas like Property Rites (Over 500 productions), Playscripts has a vast catalog of more than 1,000 one-acts. Begin searching for your perfect one-act play with our powerful FIND-A-PLAY search, or browse the selection below of some of our most beloved titles. And remember, Playscripts offers lengthy free samples with up to 90% of each script, absolutely free to read. Just click on the 'READ FOR FREE' button for any title. Enjoy!
10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
It's the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Learn More
30 - 35 minutes
5 f, 3 m, 2 either (8-24 actors possible: 5-13 f, 3-11 m)
Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother's bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dinner dates that couldn't get any worse -- until they do... Learn More
25 - 35 minutes
7 f, 7 m (4-26 actors possible: 2-13 f, 2-13 m)
Austin is a brilliant teenage astronomer who happens to have autism. Lily is his popular classmate who happens to have an interest in astronomy. When a chance encounter after school leads to a growing connection between them... Learn More
Kyle has invested millions in a high-tech work of art -- 15 human-figure sculptures programmed to perform thousands of movements and dialogues. But just when Kyle is about to sell the sculpture, it malfunctions... Learn More
40 - 55 minutes
4 f, 4 m, 13 either (12-30 actors possible: 2-30 f, 2-30 m)
In the near future, an American soldier sits in a combat zone, trapped by a land mine. As he waits to see what will happen to him, scenes from his past, present, and future unfold around him... Learn More
30 - 35 minutes
6 f, 5 m, 6 either (11-17 actors possible: 5-12 f, 5-12 m)
When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen, terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy... Learn More
35 - 45 minutes
5 f, 10 m, 14 either (18-32 actors possible: 4-20 f, 5-25 m)
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